Advancing Youth Development through Recreation and Sport
The Wayne Williamson and Bette Rose Professorship and Scholarship in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management will provide leadership for innovative programs to enhance youth development through recreation and sports. Growing societal concerns about the physical, social, and moral well-being of young Americans point to the need for advanced teaching, research, and outreach programs in youth development. Recreation and sports can play critical roles in helping young people grow into healthy and successful citizens who contribute to the strength of our nation. The Wayne Williamson and Bette Rose Professorship and Scholarship will spearhead development of an internationally recognized program that will:
- build understanding of the various ways youth-oriented recreation and sport programs can contribute to participants’ health and well-being—for example, through obesity reduction and positive activities for at-risk youth;
- pioneer college curricular innovations to prepare recreation majors for professional careers that will enhance youth development;
- develop continuing professional education programs for practitioners;
- leverage endowment funds by seeking external grants and contracts from public and private source;
- engage in research that facilitates a greater understanding of the factors that contribute to youth development through recreation and sports.
One of the prime opportunities provided by the Wayne Williamson and Bette Rose Professorship and Scholarship involves mobilizing existing expertise on behalf of youth development through recreation and sport. The named professor will lead development of partnerships to build a strong youth development program. There are many opportunities for productive partnerships. Numerous faculty in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at North Carolina State University are engaged in research, outreach, and teaching related to youth development through recreation and sports. The Recreation Resources Service, which provides technical support to local park and recreation agencies, is developing an innovative response to childhood obesity. Beyond the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, faculty in other departments at NC State and in other area universities can contribute their expertise, as can individuals in government, business and nonprofit organizations.
Scholarship applicants must be undergraduates students enrolled in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management curriculums at NCSU.
For information about college scholarships, contact Janell Moretz at (919) 513-1596 or email.
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